Granville County Commissioner David T. Smith has been awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of the most prestigious awards presented by the Governor of North Carolina. The award, established in 1963 and reserved for those making significant contributions to the state and to its communities through “exemplary service and exceptional accomplishments,” was made in honor of Smith’s long and dedicated service to Granville County.
The award was presented on Dec. 7 by Senator Mike Woodard.
Smith began his career in law enforcement in 1972 as a Granville County Detention Officer. During his tenure, he was promoted to Road Deputy, to Detective, and then to Chief Deputy, being appointed to the position of Granville County Sheriff by the Board of Commissioners on July 1, 1998. After his 2009 retirement, he successfully ran for the District 2 seat on the Granville County Board of Commissioners and has served in that capacity since December of 2010.
As Commissioner, Smith represents the county on the Granville Health System Board of Trustees; the Board of the Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments; the City of Oxford’s Downtown Economic Development Commission Board; the Region K Community Advisory Committee’s Board of Directors; and the Triangle North Board. He also serves on the Audit Review Committee; the Board of Equalization and Review; the Emergency Services Committee; Granville County’s 275th Anniversary Planning Committee; the Human Relations Commission; and the Senior Center Advisory Committee (Liaison).
Smith’s extensive career in law enforcement led to a 2019 appointment by Gov. Roy Cooper to serve on the North Carolina Sheriff’s Education and Training Standards Commission. He is also a charter member of Granville County Crime Stoppers, where he serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors.
Smith is a strong advocate for the quality of life for older adults. In 2015, he was awarded the National Aging Impact Award by the Southeastern Association of Area Agencies on Aging (SE4A), one of the highest honors given by the SE4A Board.
As an Order of the Long Leaf Pine honoree, Smith is now included on a roster maintained by the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Society, joining notable recipients such as Maya Angelou, Dale Earnhardt, William C. Friday, Billy Graham, Andy Griffith, Michael Jordan, Coretta Scott King, Richard Petty, Bob Timberlake, Dean Smith, Jeff Gordon, and Charles Kuralt, as well as many others who have demonstrated proven records of service to the state of North Carolina.
Smith is married to Denise Dixon Smith and has three children (Scott, Steve and Megan), two daughters-in-law (Jennifer and Kari) and three grandchildren (Taylor, Isabella and Liam). The family continues his legacy of service, as both sons are First Sergeants with the North Carolina Highway Patrol and his daughter is a registered nurse at Duke Regional Hospital.